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Mar 29, 2017

How to Create a 5-Stage Gradient (Option 2)

Five-stage gradients are next on our list in the ongoing saga of ombres and gradients.

Recently, we looked at one way to create a five-stage gradient. Today, let's dive in and explore an alternate approach. As you can see, unlike some of the other items featured in the ombre and gradient series, this example was quick, easy and compact.

5. Five-stage gradient (Option 2): Colsie Mitts Rose


Yarns. Cotton Fleece (Brown Sheep), Four Seasons (Classic Elite, discontinued)

Stitch. This fast and easy slipped stitch creates a very stretchy, reversible 3x2 ribbed fabric, and the occasional slipped stitch helps blend the colors.


Strategy. Each section consists of two colors worked in alternating two-row stripes. To achieve a similar look:

  • Choose six related colors.
  • Pair them by value: dark with dark, medium with medium, light with light.
  • Work section 1 with two dark colors, CC1 and CC2.
  • Work section 2 with one dark and one medium color, CC2 and CC3.
  • Work section 3 with two medium colors, CC3 and CC4.
  • Work section 4 with one medium and one light color, CC4 and CC5.
  • Work section 5 with two light colors, CC5 and CC6.

In the example shown, the colors were worked as follows:
  • Section 1: Barn Red, Clear Red
  • Section 2: Clear Red, Cherry Moon
  • Section 3: Cherry Moon, Provincial Rose
  • Section 4: Provincial Rose, Medium Pink
  • Section 5: Medium Pink, Red-White Variegated

No matter what colors you choose, it's especially fun to work this gradient and see how different shades blend in each progressive section as your work grows.

I was highly motivated to tackle this example for selfish reasons. Once the mitts were finished, several small balls of leftover yarn were finally be gone, and I gained a fresh pair of mitts for spring. Win-win. (When I wrote this, there was snow on the ground, so yes, in this region mitts are an essential part of any sane person's spring wardrobe.)

I'm busily making samples for more upcoming ombre and gradient posts. Meanwhile, your comments are always welcome and if you have questions or need clarification, let me know and I'll do my best to clear up any confusion.

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